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Acton, MA, 01720

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Boston Comedy Night
Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boston Comedy Night

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Order your September tickets.
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Beer & wine provided by True West.
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Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a three-event fall series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston comedians to watch” by Boston Globe Magazine. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. Our audiences have been extremely supportive and, frankly, surprised by the level of talent we’ve been able to bring to the ‘burbs. Kudos to Wes! 

TONIGHT’S LINEUP:

WES HAZARD  (our host): Wes was named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. He’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book, Questions For Terrible People, was named a Barnes & Noble humor pick.

LAURA SEVERSE: Laura is a working mother of two by day, and comedian by night. She started standup in 2001, followed by a detour into marriage, motherhood, and middle management. She recently performed in New Orleans and Las Vegas. Laura’s comedic material comes from her large, dysfunctional Dorchester family, mean-spirited co-workers, and her two small children. She is anassociate producer for the Boston Comedy Chicks and a regular performer at the Comedy Studio and Improv Boston.

TAWANDA GONA: Born in Zimbabwe, Boston-based Tawanda has moved up and down the US east coast since he was three years old. Tawanda has been featured in the Boston Globe, is a comic in residence at the Comedy Studio, and appeared most recently in The Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon.

DAN CROHN: Dan has been performing stand up comedy in and around Boston for years. His jokes can be heard on XM Radio and he has been a guest on the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. Dan was named one of the top 100 comics for Season 9 of Last Comic Standing and has recently appeared on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV and Laughs on Fox.

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

We'll email the September line-up to those on our list in August and, of course, it will be available online as well.

Purchase your $30 series tickets to our Fall 2017 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 22
•  Friday, October 13
•  Friday, November 17

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The Love Dogs
Sep
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Love Dogs

Take a red-hot horn—down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business,” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with a few years on the road, tearing up juke joints, festivals, and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. Sound tasty? It's a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it's THE LOVE DOGS.

The Dogs combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock 'n' roll into their own powerhouse sound. “It’s important to us to have fun, and sometimes even we don’t know what we’re gonna do next," says lead vocalist and chief songwriter Eddie "Duato" Scheer. “We have a lot of humor in our music, and we love to surprise each other and make each other laugh.

“We're all lifetime fans of blues, jazz, and R&B, and we have a real reverence for the music. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The band’s lineup consists of Scheer, Alizon Lissance (keyboards, vocals), Myanna (alto/tenor sax, vocals), Glenn Shambroom (guitar, baritone sax), Randy Bramwell (bass, vocals), and Steve Brown (drums, vocals).

Blues Review notes: “If there was a Superbowl for crowd pleasing rhythm & blues, a photo of The Love Dogs would be on every Wheaties box in America.” Scheer sums it up by saying, “If this band doesn’t put a smile on your face, check your pulse because you just might be dead!”

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Order your tickets now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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Bridges Together Benefit, West Acton
Sep
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bridges Together Benefit, West Acton

We are delighted to begin our second year of storytelling in Acton. Our Fall 2017 season kicks off with a special event! 

A Storytelling Evening to Benefit Bridges Together, Inc., a nonprofit provider of intergenerational programs headquartered in Sudbury, MA

  • Sunday, September 24 — “Across Generations”
  • Featured Storytellers: Amanda Goodwin, Kemp Harris, Rose Saia, and Brendyn Schneider.

Theme: “Across Generations”
Do you ever wonder what it was like for people to live without cable TV, computers, online games and segways? Do you ever wonder how people live with all the choices of cable TV, computers, online games and segways? Tonight’s storytellers will share moments, lessons learned, and perhaps how they discovered their heritage through interactions that spanned “Across Generations.”

Doors open at 6pm with storytelling beginning at 6:30pm and ending around 8:30pm with one intermission.

Tickets are $20/online • $25/door
Special Intergenerational Ticket Offer: Two tickets for $30! Buy one ticket for a Senior (65+) plus one ticket for a high school student and the second ticket will be 50% off! Advance purchase only.

Click here to purchase tickets.

We have a limited number of sponsorships for this event available to local businesses. If you would like to gain local visibility and support Bridges Together, please email Rose.

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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Sep
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington

Each month, we bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local arts community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme. Sign up at the cafe or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

Our 2017 Fall series:

  • Thursday, September 28 — “Ink”
  • Thursday, October 26 — “Breathless”
  • Thursday, November 30 — “On the Move”

September’s Theme: “INK”
“All The News That’s Fit To Print” still appears in “ink” on the front page of the New York Times. Tonight might bring news-related stories or stories about notes scrawled and letters signed with a flourish in “ink.” Ever “ink” your name on a contract or write a check that changed your life? And there’s always a story behind a tattoo and tonight you just might hear more than one!

“Ink” features Moth StorySLAM winners and GrandSLAM finalists Don PIcard & Rose Saia and snappy, Massmouth Story Slam winning teller Peter Carcia.

$10/online • $12/door. Click here to order tickets.
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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The Response
Sep
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Response

Original Progressive Rock, Blues, and Improvisation

“The Response” plays originals created by Carlisle’s Jic Davis, Jon Golden, George Middleton, and Mac Ritchey, along with bandmate Emilie Faucher of Shirley.

The unusual instrumentation, timbres, and diverse musicality offer up a sonic journey for the ears that weave and wander through the styles of progressive/atmospheric rock, blues, improvisation, and global influences.

Formed a decade ago as “The Carlisle Organics,” they played self-made instruments created from found objects and recycled materials. Over time, as the band and friendship evolved, they renamed themselves “The Response,” to play for a tribute ceremony in honor of Carlisle ”first responders.”

The group continues its original mission of making music and fostering friendship. Lead singer Faucher is the primary conveyor of the group’s lyrical tales, exploring such diverse topics as environmental concerns, international conflict, interpersonal human relationships — and one story of an aging dog sitting on a porch. Davis plays an instrument of his own invention, the “batar” — an electric guitar/bass hybrid from which much of the band’s signature sound emanates. Ritchey sings and plays the electric oud, a reinvention of the ancient Arabic lute. It is processed through a variety of effects, creating ethereal, atmospheric sound textures. Middleton strums mellifluous, sweet sounds and delivers incisive solos on electric guitar. Golden serves up a labyrinth of percussive styles to complement the core batar/oud/guitar arrangements.

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Click here to order your tickets now.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

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Fugitive Stories at Villageworks, West Acton
Oct
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fugitive Stories at Villageworks, West Acton

Welcome to Fugitive Stories second year in The Gallery at Villageworks. Our Fall season includes a storytelling grand champion at each event!

Acton 2017 Fall series dates, themes and headliners:

  • Sunday, October 1 — “Breathless"
    Christine Gentry, The Moth GrandSLAM Champion
  • Sunday, November 5 — “On the Move”
    Sara Sweet Rabidoux Kelsey, The Moth GrandSLAM Champion
  • Sunday, December 3 — “Good Intentions”
    Jannelle Codianni, Massmouth "Big Mouth Off" Champion

Doors open at 5:30pm with storytelling beginning at 6pm and ending around 7:30pm with one intermission.

Season Series Ticket Special: $50/Two Season Tickets to all three events
Click here to purchase season tickets.

October 1st "Breathless" Tickets: $10/online • $12/door
Click here to order tickets.

About "Breathless"
This night is a shout out to all runners, athletes and gym rats because you know how it feels to be “breathless.” The stories tonight might be about workout horrors or a "breathless" finish at The Boston Marathon! We don't know what tales will be told but we hope that our storytellers leave you “breathless."

  • Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.
  • True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

Watch Fugitive Stories Online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017
Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham
Oct
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham

After hosting two successful evenings of stellar storytelling at Amazing Things last spring, we were invited to bring our special brand of non-competitive storytelling back this fall with a series on the second Thursday evening of the month. 

October’s Theme: “BREATHLESS”
This night is a shout out to all runners, athletes and gym rats because you know how it feels to be “breathless.” The stories tonight might be about workout horrors or a "breathless" finish at The Boston Marathon! We don't know what tales will be told but we hope that our storytellers leave you “breathless.”

Framingham 2017 Fall series:

  • Thursday, October 12 — “Breathless”
  • Thursday, November 9 — “On the Move”
  • Thursday, December 14 — “Good Intentions”

Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling begins at 7:30pm and ends at approximately 9:00pm with one intermission.

  • The Amazing Things snack bar will be open before and throughout the event including service of beer and wine.

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Framingham or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

Watch Fugitive Stories Online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017
Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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The Big Little Band
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Big Little Band

Blues, Swing, Rockabilly . . . and the occasional Tango

“We’re BIG . . . for a little band.” That’s what we’ve been told by disc jockeys, journalists, aficionados, and our management. Maybe it’s our music. Maybe it’s the water. Maybe it’s our imagination. But we don’t think so.

Our music? We play slick, colorful tunes with a big, fat sound from our usual-to-unusual repertoire of blues, swing, R&B, rockability, plus re-imagined standards from the Golden Grooveyard, B-sides, original music . . . tunes with stories by Tom Waits to the trance and chant of Emmy Lou Harris. All in all — indescribably delicious!

The Big Little Band is: Jason Eisenberg (J-Bob), guitar/vocals; Emilie Faucher (Cattle Annie), (vocals/percussion); Jodie Rachmann (Little Britches), vocals/percussion; Al Garay (Big Al), bass; Jon Golden (Big Jon), drums; and Jeff Box (J-Box), harmonicas/vocals/percussion.

"The Big Little Band makes my existence bearable!" — David Amram (composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author)

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Click here to order your tickets now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

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HighCamp
Oct
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

HighCamp

Let's Dance!

HighCamp is a dance and party band playing a compelling mix of high-energy tunes anchored in the club repertoire of the 1980s. While many of HighCamp’s upbeat song choices hail from the ’80s, their song list spans the decades and is guaranteed to get you moving all night long.

The band’s repertoire draws from The B-52s, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, The Clash, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Billy Idol, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Black Keys, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, and many more!

HighCamp features John Grosjean (vocals, keyboard, and guitar), Stu Weinreb (guitar and vocals), Al Garay (bass), Cindy Holt (vocals), Caroline Apovian (vocals), and John Golden (drums).

When HighCamp gets it going, they leave nothing in the tank!

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Click here to order your tickets now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish
Nov
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish

Formed in 1991, the band has evolved through many incarnations. They've released five CDs and performed around the world. Mostly, they’ve appreciated the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard (where most of them live).

JOHNNY juggles a full life that employs his many skills, including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, and farming. Somehow, he manages to do all the gigs, as well. He came to the the Vineyard in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’s and Tom Waits’s shows as a teenager.

JEREMY BERLIN, the piano player, has been with the band for most of its life — since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton and Carly Simon, and toured the world with The Nina Simone band — he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass — and it's been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three-piece without guitar. Jeremy's connection with the Island started before he was born and he's been there on and off ever since.

BUCK SHANK, guitar, long-time member of the band, looks and sounds like he's playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy, and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.

ROBBIE SOLTZ, the drummer, came aboard in 2015 and is a veteran of the Vineyard scene and such bands as Entrain and The Mike Benjamin Band. He’s a strong player and great back-up singer. We’re happy to have him!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Click here to order tickets.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

“These guys truly hit the nail on the head better than most other pro touring blues/roots bands I've seen, and I've seen plenty in my 51 years. I think a lot has to do with the energy, soul and ability for the band to mix it up — Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, good old R&B, Cajun flavored off beat stuff — I love it all.”

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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